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Workouts Are Easier When You Like Your Outfit: 9 Sets to Get You Motivated

By Caitlin Burnett

We can probably all agree that the hardest part of any workout is actually starting it—whether that’s getting yourself to that pilates class you signed up for or laying out your mat for an at-home workout. Finding the motivation to head out into the cold or delay your Netflix night can be tough, so anything that helps get you there is encouraged. One of the easiest ways to put yourself into the fitness mindset is having an arsenal of activewear sets that you love and feel good in. Plus it takes the guesswork out of getting dressed for your workout since the matching set creates the outfit for you.

The perfect activewear set combines comfortable performance fabric with a stylish design, because let’s be real—we want to feel our best while getting our sweat on. You want to feel held in without being suffocated, and cute without sacrificing functionality. Since athleisure has been trending for a few years now there are countless activewear brands making ultra-chic sets right now. From Instagram-favorite Alo to the always-cool Bandier, below are the best active sets to kick-start your 2022 fitness routine.

These are the 9 sets that will make you actually want to work out. 


Alo Wild Thing Bra + High-Waist Airlift Legging

How flattering is this top!? The ruching on this Alo sports bra makes this one stand out without decreasing its functionality. Plus Alo is known for their insanely comfortable fabrics that are designed to move with you, whatever type of workout you’re into. The gray color is a nice departure from your typical black but still neutral enough if you’re not into bold color. 


Girlfriend Collective Cleo Bra Top + Seamless Leggings

Girlfriend Collective is another active brand famous for their flattering fabrics—you can tell just by looking at this set that it’s comfortable. The cut of this top is also friendly to every chest size and workout type without worrying about anything popping out. And the burnt red color is just gorgeous. 


Beyond Yoga Spacedye Racerback Tank + High-Waisted Legging

If you haven’t tried Beyond Yoga yet you’re missing out on one of the world’s most comfortable fabrics. Their Spacedye collection uses ultra-soft brushed fabric that you’ll want to wear far beyond the gym. The subtle heather texture adds dimension to the set, making it one you’ll want to throw a jacket over and run around all day in. 


Free People Running Through My Mind Bra + High-Rise Legging

Just wait until you see the back of this top. The open weave detailing at both the front and back of this sports bra adds the prettiest touch to your workout wardrobe. Oh, and did we mention it comes in 9 colors? Run, don’t walk. 


Year of Ours Ribbed Bralette + High-Rise Leggings

Ribbed detailing makes everything look more luxe, and this set is no exception. The bone colorway is ultra-chic and the ribbed texture instantly elevates each piece. It’s almost too pretty to work out in, almost.  


Spiritual Gangster Amor Crop Tank + Love Sculpt Leggings 

Talk about a mood booster—this tie dye set from Spiritual Gangster will elevate both your state of mind and heart rate. Sure to stand out amongst the sea of black in your activewear drawer, this set is made of sweat-wicking fabric that will keep you cool while looking polished. 


Tory Sport Stretch Sports BraPrinted Leggings 

Leave it to Tory Burch to create the cutest activewear around. The stripe detailing at the calves elongates your legs while the charcoal colorway feels elevated. This one is also made of moisture-wicking fabric, making it ideal for your sweatiest workouts. 


Zella Twist Sports Bra + High Waist Leggings

Zella is known for its amazing quality at reasonable price points, so this burgundy set is a no brainer. The twist detailing on the top makes it ultra-flattering and the matching high-waisted leggings are a best-seller for a reason. If you haven’t tried Zella yet you’re in for a treat. 


Bandier Sincerely Jules for Bandier Bryn Strappy Bra + Rue Crossover Leggings

This is a work of art. But of course it is—a collab between cool-girl brand Bandier and the ever-stylish Sincerely Jules was guaranteed to be killer. The bold color blocking and teal stripes gives this set a fun retro vibe, while the sustainable fabric and performance technology feel perfectly modern. This is the set you’ll reach for in the morning and end up staying in all day. 

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